Jeremy McCall and his band-mates play a mixture of rock, acoustic, funk, blues, and gospel music and are set to bring their eclectic and progressive set live to The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh’s Southside on January 17, 2013.
The songs draw from a wide musical perspective. Most have a generous amount of acoustic funk in their conception. World rhythm structures occur commonly. Many use elements of jazz harmony, with bits of rock, blues, folk, and country. Above all, the music is meant to be fun. And as the band states, “If it provokes thought, fantastic”.
According to the band’s website, “All of the songs were conceived using an acoustic guitar (though not all finished this way). Some tunes would find completion in a day or two, and others have taken slightly longer (years). These songs were born from several themes: we have choices to make, and jobs to do, and help is available. Some thoughts/dreams do not fade. People go through experiences that make no immediate sense. There is a plan and a purpose, usually beyond our scope. And, one can learn many life lessons from an old Dodge.
Each step in the process of writing these songs has a sort of an internal significance. The songs on this album seem to deal with ideas of truth, or “truths” of human existence. Ideas for many have their roots in Biblical theology. Generally the songs are multilayered in their meaning and application”.
Jeremy McCall’s present idea is to release the album in pieces, until the whole is completed. “Check Out Time” has been released and is available on iTunes. The Small Stones EP is nearing completion, and will be released shortly. The songs will be ordered as to their appearance on the album at a later date.
Jeremy McCall, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jeremy McCall has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Duquesne University. He also carries a BME, and a BS from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Jeremy has been actively learning, teaching, and performing for over twenty years. He has performed with many and varied groups in the United States and Europe.
Tom Murphy, Drum Set and Percussion
Tom Murphy has a B.S. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a Music Educator with the Mount Pleasant Area School District and teaches Elementary Band. He taught previously at Ligonier Valley School District teaching General Music K-6, Elementary/Middle School Band, Elementary/Middle School chorus, and Music Appreciation. Tom has a Private Studio as well and enjoys teaching young and old alike.
Justin P Bendel, Double Bass and Electric Bass
As one of Pittsburgh’s most sought after bassists, Justin Bendel is active in an array of musical genres. After playing for Patrizio Buanne’s 2010 US Tour, Mr. Bendel returned to Pittsburgh to join the pit orchestras for such local musical productions as Footloose and Mary Poppins at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts.
He continues to perform with local jazz ensembles while maintaining an impressive studio of young bassists.
Mr. Bendel is proud to announce his return to school as he was recently awarded a graduate assistantship to Carnegie Mellon University to earn his master’s degree in bass performance.